Oct 08, 2021

Arena Stage Receptionist

  • Arena Stage
  • Washington D.C., DC, USA
Full-time Other

Job Description


Arena Stage was founded August 16, 1950 in Washington, D.C. by Zelda Fichandler, Tom Fichandler and Edward Mangum. Over 65 years later, Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director Molly Smith and Executive Director Edgar Dobie, is a national center dedicated to American voices and artists. Arena Stage produces plays of all that is passionate, profound, deep and dangerous in the American spirit, and presents diverse and ground-breaking work from some of the best artists around the country. Arena Stage is committed to commissioning and developing new plays and impacts the lives of over 10,000 students annually through its work in community engagement. Now in its seventh decade, Arena Stage serves a diverse annual audience of more than 300,000.


Reporting to the Operations Manager, the Receptionist will attend to visitors and deal with inquiries on the phone and face to face; supply information regarding the organization to patrons and the general public; answer incoming calls on the switchboard and direct calls to appropriate staff/department, including paging staff and screening calls when necessary as well as answering stage door intercom; monitor security cameras and door access alarms; and complete administrative tasks as assigned.    



  • Monitor administrative entrance to the building to ensure all personnel have authorization to enter
  • Receive visitors and inform staff of their arrival
  • Receive and sign for small deliveries, notify appropriate staff member of large deliveries
  • Monitor presence of staff in building as much as possible; assist callers in locating staff.
  • Monitor the general appearance of the stage door area, including periodic reminders to staff about unclaimed deliveries
  • Answer telephone, screen and direct calls
  • Take and relay messages
  • Provide information to callers
  • Address queries from the public
  • General administrative and clerical support
  • Data Entry


  • High school graduate or 1-2 years front desk experience
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Understanding of administrative and clerical procedures
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, and Adobe Acrobat
  • Exceptional customer service principles and practices
  • Knowledge of theater a plus

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